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Damian Cassidy steps down as Cargin manager after four seasons in charge

12/10/2019 Cargins manager Damian Cassidy Picture Seamus Loughran.

ERIN'S Own Cargin are on the lookout for a new manager after Damian Cassidy stepped down after four seasons in charge.

The former Derry All-Ireland winner guided the Toome outfit to three successive county titles for the first time in their history between 2018 and 2020.

They defeated near-neighbours Creggan 0-5 to 0-4 in 2018 before landing back-to-back titles following a dramatic replay win over Lámh Dhearg with Cargin winning 3-16 to 0-23.

Cargin would need extra-time in the decider to complete the three-in-a-row in 2020 with Kieran Close scoring the vital goal in extra-time as they, once again, saw off the challenge of Creggan 1-22 to 1-19 at Portglenone.

The defending champions illustrated their desire to retain possession of the Padraig McNamee Cup with a resounding 18-point quarter-final victory over former county kingpins St Gall's at St Enda's last month.

However, their bid for a fourth successive title ended at the semi-final stage back at Hightown when a powerful second half comeback from Creggan stunned Cassidy's men with the Kickhams winning 0-16 to 2-7.

Cassidy, who also won county titles with his native Bellaghy (2005) and Tyrone side Clonoe (2008 and 2013), informed the club and the Cargin players of his decision to step down yesterday afternoon. It is understood Cargin are keen to retain Ronan Devlin as coach for next season.

A number of other high-profile clubs in Antrim are also searching for new management teams after Martin Lynch and Terry McCrudden stepped down after five years in charge of Lámh Dhearg.

Lynch was in charge of the Red Hands when they won the 2017 title with McCrudden as selector.

Portglenone, who have suffered three successive semi-final losses, also confirmed that Barry Dillon has left after three years at Casement's while Paddy Nugent also announced he was stepping down as St John's senior football manager last week.

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